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are swept up in that as well. you've heard obama say both today and previously, well, we don't listen to americans' communications. we're not listening to your phone calls, not reading your e-mails. some of that data is inside this so-called 702 series of databases and this loophole that we disclosed today that we sort of gave the evidence that senator wyden's been sort of nodding about and sort of indicating about shows that under certain conditions starting in 2011 the nsa was given the authority to search for u.s. person identifiers,
. but that is not the only pressure on the president. >> i think now is the single best time to stop obama care. >> stop talking about impeachment. let's have a legitimate debate. let's fight his policies. let's try to appeal obama care. >> gop leaders are split on the push for impeachment as the opposition to defund obama care continues in earnest. >>> and later -- >> if a church is off limits, if the sanctuary of god is not off limits, if people are so malice and mean-spirited, what has become of our nation. >> retracing the steps of the civil rights movement, and confronting some of the ghosts which still haunt the city of birmingham today. we'll get to those stories in just a moment. >>> we start, though, with that developing news in syria at this hour. new information from washington, and the international community. allegations about the chemical weapons attack by the assad regime. i'm joined by nbc's ayman mohieldin. and kirsten at the white house. >> reporter: they've reached an agreement allowing u.n. inspectors to visit the site of an alleged weapons attack that happened a few days ago. keep i
>>> defending obama care. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm michael smerconish in for chris matthews. leading off tonight president obama throws down the gauntlet on republicans launching an all-out offensive against republican threats to cripple his signature achievement, obama care. in a press conference late today the president was defiant. at times he almost seemed to taunt republicans when it came to their threat to shut down the government over the issue. in attacks that were swift and surgical, he began by calling out the republican fixation of obstructionism. >> the really interesting question is why it is that my friends in the other party have made the idea of preventing these people from getting health care their holy grail, their number one priority. the one unifying principle in the republican party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care. that's hard to understand as an agenda that's going to strengthen our middle class. >> and this was his response to tea party leaders like ted cruz, rand paul and mike lee who are championing
obama holds a nearly hour-long press conference and makes some big news on the country's surveillance programs. also, tonight, the president defends obama care and slams republicans for hating on it but not having much of a plan of their own. and one of the most powerful women in the world is opening up about her very recent and surprising run-in with racism. i will tell you oprah winfrey's incredible story. melissa harris perry will put it into context. all that is ahead. >>> tonight we begin with president obama's news conference in which we took on obama care and the threat by some republicans to try to shut down the government over it when they have no alternative plan. we'll get to that soon. but one area where president obama was really engaged today was the issue of surveillance and the national debate that has arisen, particularly since edward snowden leaked classified information. the president today describing four steps he would take to make the nsa both more transparent and more accountability including working with congress to tighten the patriot act, making sure someone
's get to work. >> one of the missions i had when i came to msnbc was that president obama had just been elected. i wanted to do health care. >> here in america, in the wealthiest nation on earth, no illness or accident should lead to any family's financial ruin. >> you need to pay attention to what's happening in your backyard. >> defund obama care. >> defund obama care sue repeal obama care. ♪ ♪ i want it now, i want it all >> i wanted to do health care because i knew it could change the country and i knew it could help people. >> we see this coming. just like the tie tannic. >> on the ship we're going to die. >> are you saying that society should let him die? >> no. >> there are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. all right? there are 47% who are with him who are -- who believe that they are victims. >> that's who the republicans are. we shouldn't be talking about infrastructure investment, investment in education, investment in workers and going round two on health care. >> i want to repeal the law of the land. is that clear. >> we will not back down
hostage on defunding obama care, it's never going to work. the debt ceiling is a worse idea. house leadership is engaged in political wink wink theater where they effectively have to entertain every single harebrained idea that the right flank has to placate them. the question is, at the end of the day, can they bring them back from the brink? we saw john boehner fail there. his grasp seems to be loosening. . you would think that something would bring them back from the precipice, but i think the country, we get less and less convinced by the day that anybody's in charge here and that anybody has their hands on the captain's wheel. >> support for government shutdown is evaporating over the weekend. tea party, rand paul stated it plainly. shut down is a bad idea he said and we'll take a listen to him. >> i don't think shutting down the government is a good idea. but i do think we were elected, conservatives were elected to stop this overreach, this government takeover of health care. we should use the leverage of controlling part of government to get the law more to our liking. >> w
. >> talking about hope and changing >> than to repeal every single word of obama care. >> a lot of republicans seem to believe if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they'll somehow be sticking it to me. they'd just be sticking it to you. >> i don't think shutting down the government is a good idea. >> shutdowns are not a good move at all. >> go back to the original greek. politics had two parts. >> is he willgible to be president of the united states? >> he was in canada maybe not. >> he was definitely born in canada. >> you have to ask him that question. >> antics meaninging blood sucking insects. >> ♪ >> and we open with a look at the hottest ticket in consecutive circles this month, the defund obama care summer tour. in a few hours, ted cruz whose canadian citizenship well get to in a minute will take the stage in dallas to explain why now is the time for a government shutdown if democrats won't help repeal president obama's signature health care law. >> obama care is at its most vulnerable it's ever been right now. there's bipartisan agreement it's not working. the wheels
budget bill that includes funding for the implementation of obama care? >> please do. >> how many weeks would you go without paying social security, and how many weeks would you go without paying the troops and having a young lady walk into my office whose husband is over in afghanistan who can't pay her mortgage, because i am shutting the government down, because i don't like the health care law? >> this is what the tea party wants to know, will you vote with mike lee to and med dose here, to de -- meadows here to defund obama care -- yes or no? >> you want the thoughtful answer? >> i want the yes or no. >> no. >> the issue is whether the republicans force a government shutdown over the imple main tigs of the obama care. the conservative wing of congress called the suicide congress doesn't want to be bothered with trivial things like govern iing. according to "the hill" they are ratcheting up opposition against representative mitch o'connell, and those who don't want to shutdown the government don't seem like people who should be in congress. in fact, it is a revelation when a republic
, president obama calls out republicans. late this afternoon, the president gave a news conference at the white house. he strongly defended his health care law, and he slammed republican extremists for their threat to shut down the government if obama care isn't defunded. >> between october 1st into march, there will be an open enrollment period in which millions of americans for the first time are going to be able to get affordable health care. now i think the really interesting question is why it is that my friends in the other party have made the idea of preventing these people from getting health care their holy grail, their number one priority. the one unifying principle in the republican party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care. >> they are holy grail. their number one priority. >> the notion is simply that those 30 million people or the 150 million who are benefitting from the other aspects of affordable care will be better off without it. that's their assertion. not backed by fact, not backed by any evidence. that's just become an ide
for watching. i'm al sharpton. have a great weekend. "hardball" starts right now. >>> defending obama care. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm michael smerconish in for chris matthews. leading off tonight president obama throws down the gauntlet on republicans launching an all-out offensive against republican threats to cripple his signature achievement, obama care. in a press conference late today the president was defiant. at times he almost seemed to taunt republicans when it came to their threat to shut down the government over the issue. in attacks that were swift and surgical, he began by calling out the republican fixation of obstructionism. >> the really interesting question is why it is that my friends in the other party have made the idea of preventing these people from getting health care their holy grail, their number one priority. the one unifying principle in the republican party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care. that's hard to understand as an agenda that's going to strengthen our middle class. >> and this was his response to tea pa
on the crisis in syria. president obama is expected to speak in a few minutes on syria. we will bring you his comments when those happen. meanwhile, within the past hour, secretary of state john kerry laid out the evidence the white house believes proves the assad regime was, in fact, behind the chemical attack that killed over 1,000 people, including 426 children. >> we know the syrian regime elements were told to prepare for the attack by putting on gas masks and taking precautions associated with chemical weapons. we know that these were specific instructions. we know where the rockets were launched from and at what time. we know where they landed and when. we know rockets came only from regime-controlled areas and went only to opposition-controlled or contested neighborhoods. >> kerry's statement came after a national security council meeting led by president obama at the white house a short time ago. the white house released the intelligence report on last week's chemical weapons attack using the report the white house hopes to make the case for military intervention at a time when publi
with an ultimatum. if the worried leaders do as they're told and kill obama care, even if it means killing the government or else. fueling this is the right-wing base of the country that now commands the fears of gop congressmen far more than anything the weak john boehner can say or do or pretend to do. here is a town hall meeting held by robert pettinger. does this guy look anything like john boehner? even a little? >> real quick, easy question. this is what the tea party wants to know. will you vote with mike lee to -- and meadows here, to defund obama care? yes or no? >> a thoughtful answer? >> yes or no? >> no. >> if any republican votes against it, does not get funded. that's a fact. >> it has to be signed by the united states. >> will you make a stand -- >> shut down the government. >> do you think harry reid is going to pass that? >> it doesn't matter. >> we need to show the american people we stand for conservative values. >> i'm joined by democratic strategist steve mcmahon, and republican strategist john. looks like your republican is the loudest voice of the republican party, n
to keep going first. now it is time for "the last >>> president obama made news last night on "the tonight show" telling jay leno he will go to russia, and today the white house told vladimir putin that he will not be meeting one-on-one with president obama. >> the big chill between the u.s. and russia may be heading for the deep freeze. >> putin's shelter of edward snowden -- >> no snowden, no meeting? >> comes at a price. >> he has officially canceled plans to meet putin. >> they slipped back into the cold war mentality. that's the past. we have to think about the future. >> it's a totally moderate response. >> snowden was one part of this puzzle. >> edward snowden, missile defense, human rights to be continued. >> thousands of people rallied last night in tunisia's capital. yemen says it has foiled an al qaeda plot. >> massive fire -- >> russia's anti-gay laws. >> that controversial law that bans gay relationships. >> talking about the protection of american athletes abroad and a lot of concern how it will impact the olympics. >> i think putin and russia have a big stake at making it wo
of folks were expecting president obama to come out and announce that they had decided to move forward unilaterally move forward without congressional approval, and that's not what he said. he said he has decided that military action is the right next step but that he is going to put the matter to a vote in congress, and of course we know in the past several days, more and more members of congress have been saying that they want a vote, and they think they deserve a vote before president obama actually launches any type of military strike, so it appears as though those voices have won in this case, so this will be put to a congressional vote. a couple things that stood out to me, craig. president obama saying that the chairman of the joint chiefs told him he is ready to move forward with military action, and that it's not necessarily time sensitive, that if this occurs in a month they would still be able to weaken assad's military capabilities. so that is one of the things that stood out. another thing, you didn't hear president obama say he was going to call congress back right now, a
. president obama has ordered 19 embassies and consulates to be closed due to a potential threat. and stepped up drone attacks on terrorists overseas. today he spoke to marines in california about the threat we still face. >> because of you, osama bin laden is no more. because of you "caught on camera's" top ranks have been hammered. even though the decimated the al qaeda leadership that attacked us on 9/11, al qaeda affiliates and like-minded extremists still threaten our homeland, still threaten our diplomatic facilities, still threaten our businesses abroad. we've got to take these threats seriously and do all we can to confront them. >> as we speak american diplomats and members of the military are serving in harm's way overseas. it's time for us all to unite. but some republican politicians think it's time to take pot shots at the president. >> it causes our allies to be concerned. >> these al qaeda types are on steroids thinking we're weaker. >> you don't have to close your embassies like cowards to go running away. >> a bunch of cowards? that's beyond offensive. and some right wing pun
to enforce a red line to protect an international norm, any decision by president obama to bomb syria will kill people. it will kill the guys working the nightschihift. people doing their jobs to put food on their family tables. daddy who went to work that morning will not be coming home because of what this president decides to do. the assad family will be okay, of course. the designers of that "vogue" magazine spread won't be angu h anguished by the sight of this thoroughly western family lying on the floor. no, the people who will die in an american cruise missile attack will be the working, praying little family people whose husbands do the scud work. war sucks. even in neat little bite-size act of war like the one that might come any day now. and, yet, and yet. how do we avoid this flagrant reality if we don't? those deciding in tehran right now whether to build a nuclear bomb are looking to see what the people in washington are doing. if we threaten the country, if it uses one weapon of mass destruction and goes ahead and ignores us, what worth does our threat hold against that
't be surprise fed the president doesn't go ahead and sign the repeal of obama scare. which sounds just delusional. then though, he was very wise. he made -- used his inside voice and sounded very reasonable when he talked about how they could shift the blame to obama. let's take a listen. >> it goes forward. president obama, harry reid, will scream and holler that mean nasty republicans are threatening to shut down the government. and at that point, republicans have to do something we haven't done in a long time. we have to win the argument. they stand up and say, we voted to keep the government open. why is president obama threatening to shut the government down. force it down the throat mster can people. >> you notice he started with a much lowerer tone. like he is trying to sound reasonable. >> when you are suggesting something as dramatic as shutting down the government, i suspect the democrats in congress are fine with him trying to win that argument. last time the republicans shut down the government, that didn't go quite so well for them. >> that's not quite true. let's check th
about the negative effects of obama care. that's their big plan? bring a tripod, smile, and make stuff up about health care? republicans are living in a fantasy world. but their extremist agenda could make millions of americans suffer in the real world. joining me now is congresswoman jan schakowsky, democrat from illinois, and joan walsh, editor at large for salon.com. thank you for coming on the show. >> thanks, reverend al. >> congresswoman, do republicans really think they can sell a government shutdown to voters back at home? >> it's hard for me to imagine. and the question is why. why do they want to shut down the government? well, i guess the way they manage the house right now, nothing is getting done. it's kind of like a government shutdown since it's the least productive congress that we've had. but what, to get rid of obama care? the majority of americans actually don't want the repeal of obama care. and it's so cynical. it's really kind of a malpractice, political malpractice that they're going into. they're going to be spending their summer not only talking about how we sh
obama with a staunch defense of his health care program had an interesting take on his relationship with vladimir putin. a live report ahead. >>> in the wilderness. a new search in the kidnapping suspect and the 16-year-old who disappeared with him. >>> dramatic and deadly. floodwaters and drenching rain sweeping parts of this country. will the dangerous weather hit you today? >>> are you more or less inclined to grab a burger now? >>> good morning and welcome to "weekends with alex witt". we have breaking news overnight from sandy hook, california. police have confirmed that the body of a child discovered inside the charred fire of a home set on fire last weekend belongsen to 8-year-old ethan anderson. the remains of his mother were also in that home. james lee i did mantleeo is suspected of kidnapping 16-year-old hannah anderson. his car has been located in idaho. a report from san diego a bit later on this hour. >>> the day's other story, in a matter of hours, president obama will be in orlando, florida. it comes on the heels of a wide-ranging news conference a day before he begi
stories that continue to eat into the second half of the obama presidency. as harry truman said if you want a friend in washington, get a dog. president obama did so this week with the addition of sunny, another portuguese water dog, companion to bo and one of the few bright spots in the dog days of summer. joining me today, correspondent for "the guardian" anna marie cox and former director of speech writing for the president -- i can't get the words out, i'm so excited, columnist for the daily beast and co-founder of fenway strategies, jon favreau and "washington post" columnist and msnbc political columnist eugene robinson. joining us now is chuck todd who is also, of course, host of msnbc's "the daily rundown." before we get into the actual policy here, i want to talk about the sort of bird's-eye view as far as what the president is doing on this great middle class tour if you will. to me it seems like he's trying to build up as much political capital as possible before he gets back to washington. what do you think he's trying to do? >> i think he's trying to talk about what people
, august 26th. and syria is officially on notice. ♪ >> major foreign policy. >> the obama administration is stepping up plans for military action. >> it has little doubt the syrian army used chemical gas on its own people. >> this is clearly a big event of grave concern. >> it's less a question of if than when. >> president obama has asked the defense department to prepare options. >> nobody wants boots on the ground. >> that doesn't mean he sits back and says we can't do anything. >> lawmakers on capitol hill increasingly urging the obama administration to take action. >> we have to move and have to move quickly. >> can't can be unilateral american approach. >> i do think action is going to occur. >> will it be big enough or a symbolic attack? >> i think we can change things immediately just because we're america. that's not necessarily the case. >> president pulled troops out of iraq and trying to get them out of afghanistan. does he or this country have an appetite to get involved? that's the red line that the president does not want to cross. ♪ purple haze ♪ >> the dilemma gross
international response is needed. while the house said today that president obama is still weighing what ha response will be, it does not include regime change. >> the options that we are considering are not about regime change. they are about responding to a clear violation of an international standard that prohibits the use of chemical weapons. mass death, the killing of innocent women and children, has to be responded to. >> however, even as it made its case, the white house said there is no military solution to syria, only a political one. let's get right to nbc chief white house correspondent chuck todd, host of the daily rundown. we're still hearing the white house say they are mulling and considering action. is your read right now the idea of military strikes is pretty much a done deal? >> it's not about if. it's about what kind i have strike is it going to be. if there is a debate that's left that's being had inside the administration, joy, it has to do with, okay, if you do this, are you going to hit them hard enough he doesn't do it again. if he does use chemical weapons again, ar
to defund obama care. >> that is what everybody wants. >> the rhetoric has already started. >> nobody disagrees with the goal, just the tactics. >> their colleagues can't seem to find unity. >> sometimes they get a bit frustrated. >> the press loves to say there is a division. >> they're shouting about this. >> sometimes they get a bit frustrated. >> and that is the situation right now. >> i worry for my kids and i worry for your kids. >> michael bloomberg, not a happy man. >> when did he last speak to hillary clinton? >> a new poll for anthony weiner. >> i have a lot to prove to them as well. >> the law belongs to the people. >> hillary clinton now on the record about the defensive voting rights. >> the epidemic of election fraud. >> there is so much breaking news. >> kind of hard to process it all. >>> we have breaking news from new jersey tonight in the special primary election for new jersey senate, to replace the seat left open after the death of democratic senator frank lautenberg. the new york mayor cory booker has won the democratic primary. he defeated three opponents, congre
. let me start tonight with this. remember what president obama said about the republicans about how their endless symbolic votes to kill obama care are now part of american law, by the way, don't constitute an economic plan? well, they didn't get the word. before the congress left for a five-week vacation today, they had one last piece of business to attend to. it wasn't creating jobs. it was another vote to kill obama care. if you're scoring this at home, it's the 40th time the republican-led house voted to of repeal is, defund or cripple the law. it is government by tantrum meaningless. meaningless measures, meaningless roll calls, meaningless speeches as they say down in texas, it's all hat and no cattle. republicans are united against obama care when it comes to votes like this one, but a warring faction of tea party republicans led by ted cruz of texas are making it very real threat to shut down the u.s. government if the law is not killed. apparently the strategy is being lambasted as silly, dumb, unachievable and political suicide. and the people saying those words are not de
is getting hard core. urging citizens to burn their obama care draft cards. of course, there is no such thing as an obama care draft card. you've got to print your own out and pretend and burn that. what if i told you the science behind it might change the world and help save the planet at the same time? a full discussion of the future of food is coming up. but we begin tonight with breaking news in the middle east north africa and southeast asia where 19 u.s. embassies and consulates are closed tonight due to continued fears of an imminent terror attack. >> we face an ongoing threat from al qaeda and its affiliates. there are individuals and organizations out there that are focused on doing the united states and the american people harm as well as doing harm to our people. >> the embassy and consulate closings span across 21 countries where initially announced on friday along with a worldwide travel alert to u.s. citizens abroad. today, jay carney did his best to hold specifics, but he did confirm the threat is coming from the al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. and the u.s. took the extraord
the guy who was >>> jay leno is here to tell us about the interview he just did with president obama. >> so over the last few weeks i've been visiting towns all across the country. >> president obama is on the road again. >> talking about what we need to do to secure a better bargain for the middle class. >> president obama just touched down in phoenix. >> hello, phoenix! >> greeting the president at the airport will be arizona governor jan brewer. >> the same jan brewer who last year greeted the president -- >> you can never -- >> with a now infamous finger wag. >> today is part of a summer push by the white house. >> billing it as a major policy speech. >> trying to tout the recovery of the u.s. housing market. >> our housing market is beginning to heal. >> the housing plan has something for everyone. >> let's invest in affordable rental housing. >> something for renters and new buyers. >> he's going to propose something that has bipartisan support. >> private lending should be the backbone of the housing market. >> reducing the government risk in fannie and freddie. >> i know that
. president obama was secretly telling dmitri medvedev to ignore all the election year politics, it's just politics. after that, the u.s. and russia could be great friends. maybe that wasn't it, maybe the flexibility he was speaking about was a great insult. a yo mama joke, perhaps, that would better explain what has happened since. relations are deteriorating at a very rapid pace. the president cancelled a planned meeting with russian president putin. the first time any american president has cancelled a publicly announced visit to russia since the end of the cold war. the white house explained the cancellation including, missile defense, and arms control, they cited russia's decision to thumb the u.s. in the eye by granting edward snowden temporary asylum. >> i was disappointed because even though we don't have an extradition treaty with them, traditionally we have tried to respect if there's a law breaker or alleged law breaker in their country. we evaluate it and try to work with them, they didn't do that with us. >> that same interview, the president spoke out forcefully against russi
confronted at town hall meetings over obama care and a government shutdown threat. >> i think even if you do not believe in your heart number one it will pass, or number two it's appropriate, you need to represent us. and we're tired of having to come down on this again and again. >> let me talk to you a little bit about the consequences of what a complete government shutdown is. number one, that means your troops in the field don't get paid. military is not -- i'm sorry, yes. well, of course i wouldn't do that. but that would happen. that -- well, now i listened to your question, and i'll let you have the microphone again if you want to. >> republican tom cole getting booed for saying that it's more important to pay the troops than hold a government hostage to right-wing demands. and he is not the only one. >> this is what the tea party wants to know. will you vote with mike lee and meadows here to defund obama care, yes or no? >> a thoughtful answer? >> i want yes or no. >> no. do you think harry reid is going to pass anything in the senate? >> it doesn't matter. well need to show the amer
the race of these shooters in a way to sort of try to bait barack obama on race. let me play you some sound, clarence, and get your comment. >> trayvon martin here and in the rose garden. why the hasn't he spoken out on this in this case? you said there was a judicial proceeding. there was one in the trayvon martin case. he spoke out extensively on that one. >> there's the right directly trying to bait the president on race, a situation with the baseball player is already tragic. why do they seem so determined to also make it racial. >> they've been champing at the bit waiting for a case that would help them to problem the point that white people are not -- that their lives aren't as valued as much as black people's lives are, the exact opposite of what experience tells us. this case does not apply. people forgetting that in the trayvon martin case, the parents were upset that the suspect, zimmerman, was released without much suspicion at all. and that was when the state reopened the case and decided there was enough evidence to prosecute. what we're looking for here is equal justice. if th
for tuning in. tonight's lead, commander in chief president obama and this country can's allies are nearing a decision on whether to strike syria over the regime's alleged use of chemical weapons. at this very hour, top administration officials are briefing members of congress about the situation there on the chemical attacks that left hundreds dead. and what our military options are. but taking this country into war should never be done with a rush to judgment. and the president made that clear. >> what i've said is that we have not yet made a decision, but the international norm against the use of chemical weapons needs to be kept in place. we are consulting with our allies. we are consulting with the international community. and, you know, i have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in syria. but we do have to make sure that when countries break international enormous on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they're held accountable. >> yes. someone needs to be held accountable. and the rationale for a strike isn't cut and dry. as the associated press repor
with president obama's national security team moving forward with the syria plan. in an unusually hectic friday before labor day, today saw a flurry of conference calls and meetings on the crisis. if there are any doubts the u.s. will strike despite the fact that the president insists he's made no decision. this is president obama just a short time ago. >> we cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale. i have said before and i meant what i said, that the world has an obligation to make sure that we maintain the norm against the use of chemical weapons. >> much earlier, the white house made public its unclassified intelligence report. the assessment of the syrian government's use of chemical weapons on august 21st is, 2013, determining that 14g 29 people were killed in the chemical weapons attack, including at least 426 children. and this afternoon, secretary of state john kerry went before the cameras making an impassioned case to punish assad. >> we need to ask, what is the risk of doing nothing? it matters because if we choose to live
an international norm, any decision by president obama to bomb syria will kill people. it will kill the guys working the night shift, people just doing their jobs to put food on their family tables. daddy who went to work that morning will not be coming home because of what this president decides to do. the assad family will be okay, of course. the designers of that vogue magazine spread won't be anguished by this sight of this thoroughly western family lying on the floor. no. the people who will die in an american cruise missile attack will be the working, praying, little family people whose husbands do the cut work. war sucks, even in neat little bite-sized act of war like the one that might come any day now. and yet, and yet, how do we avoid this flagrant reality if we don't? those deciding in tehran right now whether to build a nuclear bomb are looking to see what the people in washington are doing. if we threaten the country, if it uses one weapon of mass destruction and it goes ahead and ignores us, what worth does our threat hold against that other country deciding whether to build th
. >> president obama spoke briefly to reporters shortly after kerry made those remarks. he was less emphatic, his message was similar. >> part of our obligation as a leader in the world is making sure that when you have a regime that is willing to use weapons that are prohibited by international norms on their own people, including children, that they are held to account. >> the team of u.n. weapons inspectors invest galting tigai attack have now left syria. pentagon officials tell nbc news that five guided missile destroyers are in the eastern mediterranean sea and nearly all of the targets have already been loaded into the warheads of some 200 tomahawk cruise missiles. a strike would be limited and tailored to syria's chemical weapons program. president f president obama were to order such a strike it will come without support from great britain. prime minister david cameron suffered a humiliate regbuk in parliament after they voted against military intervention. cameron says he will honor their wishes. france's leader says they are in, and he -- any american strike would also come without the
secretary hasn't missed a beat. she knows that the calling card of the democrats in the barack obama era is a polarizing politics that seeks to fire up minority voters by stirring fears of fire hoses and police dogs. its basic vocabulary is imputations of racism. its evidentiary standard is low and dishonest. and its ethic is whatever works so long as it stirs fear, anger, and resentment. get ready for hope and change 2.0. gene robinson, respond to both of those. >> well, number one, the only people i hear talking about fire hoses and police dogs are republicans. what i hear democrats saying is these are measures that are going to reduce african-american participation in elections. they're not talking about fire hoses. they're not talking about police dogs. that's sort of a red herring that keeps getting brought up on the other side to discredit what i consider legitimate arguments against these laws. second, i think in terms of hillary clinton we should acknowledge two possibilities. number one, she is laying the groundwork for a run for president in 2016. number two that this is someth
're getting some unexpected response. >> i believe that obama care is bad for america. i do. and the reason is -- and so does the president. >> what about the seniors in your district? >> what about us? >> what about us? >> excuse me real quick. the congressman was very respectful about -- >> tell him to stop lying. >> given that reaction, you'd think the party might want to rethink its plans to defund the health care law, right? wrong. today the right wing heritage group kicked off a defund obama care tour aimed at killing the law and, get this, some republicans even want to shut the government down to do it, even though they themselves admit it's a terrible idea. >> well, i don't think shutting down the government is a good idea, but i do think that we were elected, conservatives were elected to try to stop this overreach, this government takeover of health care. if we do nothing, we're just saying to the president, hey, you get your way. >> i don't think it's a good idea, but let's do it anyway. how's that for cruel? it's that type of failed logic the president called out this weekend. >
has two wings. >> ask not for who the bells toll, senator. they toll for you. >> obama care is unfair, unworkable, unaffordable. >> i'm hopeful that in august house republicans will listen to the customer. >> government doesn't create jobs. >> the private sector does. >> you haven't passed a farm bill. you've only passed 4 of the 12 appropriations bills you're supposed to pass. >> what we need to have happen is leadership on the part of this president. >> as we begin this afternoon president obama returns to the white house. intelligence officials continue to monitor the terrorist threat, that closed around the country. news of the threat dominated talk shows which meant that gopers got to talk about security issues instead of the many questions being asked about the strive within their party. that is except for eric cantor who faced a serious grilling from chris wallace on fox news. >> congressman, rightly or wrongly, none of these bills that you passed with going to become law. your own members say they won't pass the senate. the president won't sign them. let's talk reality. you ha
be involved in. i believe president obama sen searly tried to turn a new page with regard to u.s., middle east policy. wonderful speech he laid down in cairo. now is where the tough part actually is where we stand by our values and understand that the short-term reality is that the coup leaders are not going to appreciate what us withdrawing military aid. they got a whole buck load of aid from countries like saudi arabia and the united arab emirates. but at this point, we should not be signaling to the people of egypt that we approve of this way of changing government. if the african union can say it's wrong and europeans can say it's wrong, of course we ought to be able to say it's wrong and we ought to step up to the plate, condemn it but put real meaningful meaning behind the condemnation. we've got withdraw that aid. >> i mentioned earlier that you have been busy during this recess. have you traveled overseas. i wonder if i might turn your attention to some of the issues in this country and particularly with regard to the issue of immigration. now, marco rubio, senator rubio told a florida
asked this disgraced rodeo clown in an obama mask to perform in his state. it speaks volumes of where this party really is. >>> and what's on your mind? you have a comment? e-mail me. friend or foe i want to know. reply al is coming. . >>> have you joined the "politicsnation" conversation on facebook yet? we hope you will. today everyone on our site was talking about the conservative reaction to this rodeo clown in a president obama mask. phil says the ones who are defending this are the real clowns. good point, phil. melanie says not surprised about this. our president has been disrespected, challenged, and dismissed by congress. melanie, you're right. just moments ago, we learned a sitting member of congress has invited this clown to perform in his home state. more on what it means for the party coming up. but first, we want to know what you think of this clown. please head over to facebook and search "politicsnation" and like us to join the conversation that keeps going long after the show ends. re more about the land than probably anyone else. we've had this farm for 30 years. we
to defund the obama care act. >> they should be willing to defund it. >> i oppose obama care. >> you can't really de-fund obama care. >> in de-funding obama care. >> please, stop obama care. >> cruz has found kind of a niche. >> attack on john boehner from the far right. >> john boehner is in a pretty tough spot. >> sympathy for john boehner. >> or else they will start to call it john boehner care. >> fire, egypt, immigration, the debt. >> there must be a response. >> our borders are now better staffed and better protected. >> the fire is now 20% contained. >> it is not easy being the presiden president. >> john boehner and the house republican leadership have been clearly sending the message that they are not willing to shut down the government at the end of september in order to force the president to agree to de-fund obama care. the message is simple and clear. that will not work. we can't force the president to go along with de-funding obama care. that message? simple enough has enraged some of their tea party friends and right wing radio talk show hosts. >> the republican leadership
to be an enjoyable switch for obama. now he can start a war that the next president will be stuck with. >> what about the rest of the world turning saying we've got wait for the u.n.? you've been through that before. >> to stop these terrorist killers. thank you. now watch this drive. >> i refuse to be roped in. ♪ >> good to have you with us tonight. thanks for watching "the ed show" from minneapolis. i tweeted out this afternoon and i think we need to think about this. at least this is where i am. if we hit syria, it's an act of war. can we guarantee innocent people won't die? syria has not hit us. so it's all about chemical weapons. it's all about the moral response that we have to have to lead the world. if you are a skeptical american, you are not alone. but it looks like the united states has laid all the groundwork it can at this point for striking syria. and if i were a betting man, i'd be in vegas and i would put money on the fact that we are going to hit the syrians. the sell job if you're skeptical is on. both president obama and secretary of state john kerry addressed the nation on syria
>> 40 meaningless votes that repeal obama care. >> president obama is in denial. >> we've had lots of votes about obama care, none of which had any chance of passing. >> we're not going to give him -- >> we don't have the votes in the senate or in the house. >> we need people with vote -- with tattoos, people without tattoos. >> why is president obama threatening to shut down the government in order to force obama care down the american people's throats. >> i'm not the least bit concerned about what some might describe as perception. >> the house is clearly where things go to die. >> i'm sure the august resist will have our members in in a better mood when they come back. ♪ we're on a mission ♪ come on and ride on the fantastic ride ♪ >>> may i entreat your grace to pardon me and hear a tale in which the course of obama care repeal did nar run smooth. senator ted cruz and some of his fellow tea partiers are starting to choke down the idea that they face long odds trying to defund the affordable care act through a budget measure this fall. senator justice joined a tea party ra
. following snowden's leaks and subsequent flight to russia president obama repeatedly expressed that he should not get in the way of u.s. and russia's relations. >> we've got a whole lot of business that we do with china and russia and i'm not going to have one case of a suspect who we're trying to extra diet suddenly being elevated to the point where i've got to start doing wheeling and dealing and trading on a whole host of other issues simply to get a guy extradited so that he can face the justice system here in the united states. >> amid bipartisan efforts to punish russia, calls to boycott the bilateral meeting to the 2014 olympics in sochi, things have changed. the white house announced the president will spend some time in sweden. quote, a close friend and partner to the united states. joining me today senior fellow at the center on budget and policy pry orpds akds an msnbc contributor, jerry bernstein, katrina van den huevel. brian grimm and nbc news white house correspondent, kristin welker. kristin, i go to you first. we played the sound of the president about a month ago sayi
of the obama administration's most vocal critics. in san francisco eric holder introduced new policies that would alter the way federal prosecutors and federal judges handle drug cases steering them away from mandatory minimum sentences. the goal, keep nonviolent and low level offenders out of prison, there by easing massive overcrowding and reducing the cost to taxpayers. >> as a society we pay much too high a price. our system fails to deliver outcomes that deter crime, keep us safe and ensure those who pay their debts have a chance to become productive citizens. >> the smart on crime addition is getting widespread praise on capitol hill. it fits nicely with bipartisan legislation already in the works. during his speech eric holder singled out a handful of lawmakers, among them kentucky senator rand paul who is co-sponsoring a bill that would give judges more flexibility in sentencing. afterwards senator paul returned the favor saying, quote, i'm encouraged the president and attorney general agree with me that mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders promote injustice and
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